It is possible to tackle the challenge of the energy transition with current technological development, according to Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor at Stanford University, one of the main speakers at Foro Sella 2024, an international conference that will take place on Thursday, May 23, in Villanueva de Gállego (Zaragoza).

Ensuring the supply of renewable energy is currently a fundamental competitive advantage for undertaking the energy transition and the decarbonized reindustrialization of all sectors of the economy. This is the case with data centers, which are essential for the development of big data and artificial intelligence. Currently, they consume around 200 terawatt-hours (TWh) of energy per year, and their usage is expected to increase nearly fifteen times by 2030.

According to Jacobson, “Current air pollution, global warming, and energy insecurity are fundamentally caused by energy-related emissions.” “Solving these challenges involves electrifying as much as possible and providing this electricity through clean, renewable sources.” “We have 95% of the technologies we need to undertake the energy transition. And those we don’t have, we know how to make. We don’t need miracle technologies.”

Under the theme “Energy from the Earth to Data,” Foro Sella 2024 will feature the presence of the Minister of Industry, Jordi Hereu, as well as representatives from leading renewable energy management companies located in Aragón, such as Amazon Web Services, Bon Àrea, and Stellantis.

The conference will analyze energy as the key to industrial development, as well as the relevance of energy sovereignty from the European, national, and regional perspectives, with a special emphasis on the role of Aragón as an industrial attraction hub through innovation and energy.